A filly by Speightstown (hip 618) zipped a quarter-mile in a track record-tying :20 1/5, while six horses shared the day’s fastest furlong time, during the fourth session of the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Central Florida Wednesday. Hip 618, who worked just after 11:30 a.m. and with temperatures approaching 80 degrees, is consigned by Juan Centeno’s All Dreams Equine.
“You never know if they can go that fast, but she prepped pretty fast,” Centeno said. “I knew she could at least tie that prep or improve on it and obviously, she improved. But she’s always been that filly who gives her all every time. She just has a natural talent. Every time she goes up there, it’s all business. When she is in the stall, she’s nice and relaxed. I think she has a brilliant future.”
The filly is out of the unraced Last Dance (Revolutionary), who is a half-sister to graded winner Speightster (Speightstown) and is out of a full-sister to Dance Smartly.
Centeno purchased the filly for $17,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.
“She is not perfect,” Centeno said. “Her conformation wasn’t perfect. That’s probably why people passed on her last year. But we took our chances because she has a beautiful body. And you never know how they are going to come out. You have to play and see what happens. In the early days, you start seeing which ones really start shining from the rest and she was one of those. She was not that fast, but she was always better than the rest.”
The filly’s :20 1/5 breeze ties the record for the fastest quarter-mile over the OBS surface, matching, among others, the time of future Grade I winner Princess Noor (Not This Time), who sold for $1.35 million at the 2020 Spring sale.
Asked what it was like to lead his speedy filly up to the track Wednesday morning, Centeno said, “Before you go, you feel sick. You just hope she doesn’t take a bad step or anything. It’s just nerve-wracking. And after it, you feel so proud for her. She’s the one who did it all. It’s just a special feeling in your heart to say, ‘Wow. Look at these beautiful things.’ They can make you feel so wonderful.”
A Day at the Beach for Wavertree
Six juveniles shared the fastest furlong time of :9 4/5 during Wednesday’s session of the under-tack show and two were fillies from the first crop of Omaha Beach from the Wavertree Stables consignment, which also sent out a colt by the multiple Grade I winner to work the day’s second-fastest quarter-mile time of :20 3/5.
“We went up there with high expectations,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne. “They were horses who had trained really well all year and had advertised themselves in their works as fast horses. And I think they all showed up.”
Working during the day’s first set, hip 532 was first to hit the :9 4/5 mark on the day for Wavertree. The bay filly is out of Intelyhente (Smart Stride), a full-sister to graded winner Bel Air Beauty and dam of stakes-placed Count Alexander (Scat Daddy), who Wavertree sold at the 2017 OBS June sale.
“She is huge,” Dunne said of the filly. “She looks like a colt. She’s probably 16 hands, plus. We had her half-brother and that probably played a part in us being as strong as we were [in buying her last year]. We thought he was a very good horse. I think he was a better horse than his race record probably panned out to be–he was very unlucky in a couple of races. But she is a bigger, stronger version of him. You could have passed him off as the filly and her as the colt.”
Hip 667 turned in her :9 4/5 work around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The chestnut filly is out of Malibu Pride (Malibu Moon), a full-sister to By The Light, who produced multiple Grade I winner By the Moon (Indian Charlie).
“She’s a medium-sized filly,” Dunne said. “She’s real compact and very well-balanced. She’s been lightning fast since the first time we said, ‘Go.’ We spent the spring trying to slow her down. She’s really, really quick with a beautiful female family underneath.”
Both fillies were purchased by Paul Reddam and Dunne’s Red Wings Enterprises pinhooking partnership for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.
“Paul has been my partner in Red Wings for many years,” Dunne said. “He is a guy who really goes with his gut feeling. He was very high on Omaha Beach going into the yearling sales and his marching orders were to buy as many Omaha Beaches as I could. I think I called him at one point and said, ‘Is that enough?’ and the response I got was, ‘no.’ So we have to give him the credit–or the blame–for the number of Omaha Beaches we have.”
On behalf of Houston third baseman Alex Bregman, Wavertree sent out a son of Omaha Beach (hip 617) to work a quarter-mile in :20 3/5 in the opening minutes of Wednesday’s session of the under-tack show. The bay colt is out of stakes-placed Lantiz (Tizway).
Bloodstock agent Mike Akers purchased the colt on behalf of Bregman Family Racing for $185,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale.
“This is a lovely horse. He doesn’t necessarily look fast, which is interesting for as fast as he is,” Dunne said. “He looks like a horse with a bit of stretch that will go a route of ground.”
“Mike Akers has done a really job for Alex sourcing racehorses and obviously now pinhooks,” Dunne said. “I think they are good team and they work together well.”
Omaha Beach, winner of the GI Arkansas Derby and GI Santa Anita Sprint Championship, was scratched as the morning-line favorite three days before the 2019 GI Kentucky Derby. He stands at Spendthrift Farm for $30,000.
“They are lovely horses,” Dunne said of the first-season sire’s progeny. “They have a shape to them. They have a bit of size and scope. They move really well. Thankfully, all of those things have transferred as you would want them to from yearlings to 2-year-olds. Once we started training them, we were very pleased. They are nice horses to be around and mentally very easy to deal with. They thrive on work. The more we’ve done with them, the better they were and the happier they were. Obviously, I am a big fan today.”
Also working the furlong bullet Wednesday was a filly by Divining Rod (hip 544, video) who is a half-sister to GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Aloha West (Hard Spun) consigned by Best a Luck Farm; a colt by Maximus Mischief (hip 632, video) consigned by Kings Equine; a colt by Tapwrit (hip 634, video), who is a half to multiple graded-placed Dream Marie (Graydar) and consigned by Top Line Sales; and a colt by Solomini (hip 692, video), who is a half to graded winner Lookin to Strike (Lookin at Lucky) and consigned by Randy Miles.
The under-tack show continues through Saturday with sessions beginning each day at 8 .m. The Spring sale will be held next Tuesday through Friday. Bidding commences at 10:30 a.m. daily.